May newsletter

This month we have news about our new carbon baseline and forecasting tool and Lead Officer vacancy. Also, don’t miss out on registering for the second annual STB Conference on Monday 5th June. You can find full details of the day’s events below.

Plus, a reminder that the engagement period for ‘Making the right choices: Issues and opportunities for the Strategic Transport Plan 2025-2050’ closes on Friday 19th May.

New carbon baseline and forecasting tool

Given the importance of decarbonisation, Western Gateway STB is developing a spreadsheet-based carbon emissions baseline and forecasting tool. This transparent and user-adjustable tool can model the effects that different interventions and measures could have on transport carbon emissions within the Western Gateway STB region.

The tool also allows users to focus on any of our constituent local authorities, making it a valuable asset in the development of our emerging Strategic Transport Plan as well as for Local Transport Plans developed by our region’s local transport authorities. 

The first workshop has been held with officers from our local authorities, to demonstrate how the tool works and to gain feedback on how it can be used and developed. 

For more information, please email

STB conference in June – register now

There’s still time to register for the STB Conference, which is taking place at the Vox in Birmingham on Monday 5th June. Once again, all seven of England’s sub-national transport bodies are coming together to showcase their work to develop an integrated, resilient and low carbon transport infrastructure.

The conference will feature a range of speakers from the across the STBs, government agencies and the private sector. An indicative programme of the day’s events, set to include discussions on rural connectivity, freight and decarbonisation among other topics, is now available here

Recruitment news: Lead Officer post

Western Gateway STB is looking for a Lead Officer who will work alongside the Board and with partners across the region to provide strategic leadership and direction to our organisation.

The post will raise the profile of the STB, shaping the vision and evidence-base for investment in the region’s infrastructure and playing a leading role in presenting the strongest possible case for funding to government. 

This is a high-profile role championing the Western Gateway region to a wider audience, harnessing new partnerships and influencing policy through strategic thought-leadership.

Click here for more information including a full job description and how to apply.

Closing date: Sunday 28th May.

Making the right choices

Western Gateway STB has launched engagement on the issues and opportunities that will shape the region’s long-term Strategic Transport Plan to 2050.

Make sure you have your say on the issues and opportunities that will shape the region’s long-term Strategic Transport Plan before engagement closes on Friday 19th May.

‘Making the right choices: Issues and opportunities for the Strategic Transport Plan 2025-2050’ sets out the issues facing the Western Gateway STB area, including planned housing growth and the need to enable economic growth while addressing the predominant issue of decarbonisation.

It examines regional concerns about car use and congestion, rural journeys, freight and connectivity, and sets out an assortment of opportunities that could be combined to help address these issues. These opportunities range from improving rail, bus and coach services and increasing multi-modal journeys to promoting active travel and alternative fuels.

Responses are requested to five key questions that will determine if the right issues and opportunities have been considered and what the priorities should be for the region as we develop our long-term Strategic Transport Plan.  

The engagement period closes on Friday 19th May 2023.

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